Cpt 60271

Herr14

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Hello,
I am uncertain whether CPT 60271 is for a total thyroidectomy, partial, or total unilateral?? It does not allow a mod.50 or LT/RT. However, a 59 modifier is allowed if billed with 60220-of course with proper documenation. That does not make sense to me. Any thoughts?
 

elenax

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Not my area of expertise but the Coding Expert version indicates that the 60271 is for subtotal or partail thyroidetomy.

hope this helps:)
 
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Depending on the approach ( and without an operative note, I can give no certain advise) but, you could either use 60240 or 60271 depending on if cervical approach.
 

Nigist

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On CPT Book page 335, when you looks up under on code 60240,there is a note says (for thyroidectomy ,subtotal or partial, use 60271). hope you know it is not for total.
 

elsaee87

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The 2021 CPT Manual and 3M HDM (August 2020) now reference a CPT Assistant note that states 60271 is ONLY for TOTAL, not just a Thyroid Lobectomy.
 
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